Santa Barbara Domestic Violence Attorney
Domestic Violence charges are some of the most common charges filed on Santa Barbara. In our experience the evidence for many domestic violence charges is razor thin. We know how to defend against these types of charges. If you feel like you are being charged with domestic violence you should call us immediately. We have a track record of successfully defending people just like you. We know how to attack the evidence and formulate effective defense strategies against domestic violence charges.
Defending Yourself Does Not Have to Be Expensive
If you are facing criminal charges, especially for domestic violence, you should call us. We can usually defend against these types of charges for a very reasonable price, and we offer payment plans when necessary. We know what it takes to defend these types of cases and we know how to make it affordable. Please call us so we can help.
Domestic Violence Charges Often Cary Severe Penalties. Get An Experienced Attorney
While there are multiple types of “domestic violence” charges, many of them care very harsh penalties. In fact, an incident of domestic violence can result in a “strike” felony under California’s three strikes laws. This is serious business. Even in cases that are not that serious, the district attorney will often seek jail time and 52 weeks of expensive anger management classes. If you or someone you love is facing domestic violence charges, you really should come talk to us. You may be surprised and how much we can help.
What is Penal Code 243(e)(1)?
Penal code section 243(e)(1) is the penal code section that is most commonly used by the police and the district attorney when charging people with domestic violence. This penal code section refers to a domestic battery or in other words the unauthorized touching of someone who you are married to, living with, or involved with romantically. The touching required for this crime is not much at all, in fact, any touching that is not consensual can trigger a domestic battery charge. This charge is a misdemeanor, but the consequences often include jail time, anger management classes, probation, and restraining order. If you are being charged with Penal Code 243(e)(1) you should get the help of an experienced Santa Barbara criminal defense attorney, as there are many ways to defend against these charges. This is especially true where the evidence against you is weak. Call us today.
What is Penal Code 273.5?
Penal code section 273.5 is the more serious of the common code sections used when charging people with domestic violence. This charges refers to intentional infliction of an injury to a spouse or cohabitant. This charges is generally used in domestic violence situations in which the police believe there was an actual injury to the alleged victim. This is a serious charge (often a felony, but not always) and should not be treated lightly. This charge can result in state prison or jail so anyone charged with this crime should consult a skilled criminal defense attorney immediately.
Restraining Orders Associated with Domestic Violence Charges
Most people are aware that domestic violence charges carry potentially severe penalties, but there is one penalty that most people overlook. When people are charged with domestic violence, the judge will often order a “criminal protective order” which is restraining order. This order can mean that the person who is being charged has to stay away from the alleged victim in the case. This type of an order can have disastrous consequences as it can break up families or leave people homeless. Likewise, the violation of these orders can result in a new criminal charge. The good news is that an experienced criminal defense attorney can often have these type of orders reduced, relaxed, or removed entirely.
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